What I hope to learn from CCK08

I've signed up for George Siemens and Stephen Downes massive online open course "Connectivism and Connective Knowledge" which starts next week. I have a kind of meta-interest in it (as I suspect a lot of participants do), in that I'm not just interested in what the course is about, but also in how it works. So, as much as I am interested in the content, I'd have signed up if it was 'Shakespearean Tragedies' or 'George and Stephen play the banjo'.

So here's what I hope to find out over the coming months:

  • To get a better appreciation of connectivism and particularly how people are applying it.
  • To see how people participate in an open course
  • To get a feel from George and Stephen as to how many people are doing the paid for version and whether this is a good business model (don't tell Stephen I said that)
  • To see whether the absence of formal creditation for myself significantly reduces motivation (ie will I drop out?)
  • How the distributed dialogue model works

It's great to see George and Stephen doing this. If we get some good research answers from it, who knows maybe it's a model for the OU in general?


  1. hmm…the banjo show…if i ever host something like that online, Martin, I will expect you to attend :)

  2. Luckily, I don’t own a banjo.

  3. Alex says:

    So how are you finding CCK08 now it’s a couple of weeks in???

  4. Martin says:

    Alex – errm, I’m kind of keeping a watching brief, but not really finding the time to participate. I’m a bad student already.

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